Friday, September 30, 2011

Do you Pinterest?

Pinterest is my new addiction. It's my virtual crack. If you haven't heard of Pinterest, then you must have been under a rock... just kidding.  You need to go right now and sign up. Don't worry, I'll wait.
Oh you need the website? .http://pinterest.com/ There ya go.

What is Pinterest you ask? From the website:

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

It's like all your favorite things all in one place. Like ripping out your favorite things from a magazine and putting them on a bulletin board. And you can make tons of boards and name them.


Here's mine: http://pinterest.com/kristebrown/ And then start following me. I'll follow back too.

I have found tons of crafts, recipes and ideas that I love. And surprise surprise I have actually made some of the recipes.
Pizza muffins and banana bread pancakes. SOOOOO GOOD!!!

So go, start your own virtual board, and join in the addiction.
Thursday, September 8, 2011

On Your Mark, Get Set...


GO!

Katie decided to run cross country this year. I know. We were just as surprised. She had said she wanted to do volleyball but then changed her mind and joined the cross country team this summer. She started running almost 5 miles a day in practice this July. We went and bought some cross country shoes and told her once we invested money in this sport she was going to do it for the full season. No quitting!

This past weekend was their 1st meet. It was split into Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity. I have to say this course was a tough one. It was 2.1 miles with lots of hills. Katie pulled through it. She dug down deep and ran that race with everything she had.

She finished 7th for her school in the Freshman division and top 25 overall. This weekend is a 3.1 mile course. Not so many hills this time.
She really has come into her own this year. Maybe its the going to high school growing up or maybe turning 15 and getting closer to that magic number of being 18. Whatever it is, Katie is having a blast!
Friday, August 26, 2011

Playing Catch Up

It's funny how life gets away from you. I finally signed back into my blogger account last month. First I couldn't remember what email address I had used. Then I couldn't remember the passwords for anything. It's like a sudden case of password amnesia! I started to blog about everything that has happened in the past 5 months and got distracted by some serious issues in our own household and in a family member's home.
So just what has been going on for the past 5 months?

1. Issues with the house we were living in. Yes I said WERE living in. There will be a blog post on that debacle. Many posts on that. That took up May, June and July. Husband moved everything while I was out of town and secured a new place.

2.We had some excitement due to the "police" where we used to live. Apparently some people get their panties in a bunch if your teenagers have too many people coming to your house and rumors start from neighbors that you are dealing drugs, having the teens steal for you or god knows what other things these people came up with.

3.I went to spend time with family down south and all hell breaks lose. Both up here and down there.

4. My oldest daughter, Katie, became a Freshman in high school and started running cross country. Time trials are tomorrow at 730AM. Hoping for a good season!

5. I quit the distance learning college I was enrolled in. Very disappointed in how it was all run.

6. We got a new dog. Well, husband got a new dog. He picked her out. She's a border collie mix and thinks she is a lap dog. She barks at anything that moves outside.

I think that almost tells everything that has happened in an abridged version. The past months have been extremely stressful. I am still recovering as is my husband and the girls.We're slowly getting things back organized and back on track.

Things have happened that have destroyed family bonds, feelings have been hurt and trust has been broken. I don't know if some people will ever get over some of the things that have been said and done.

I'm not sure if I will blog about the family issues mentioned above. It seems like such a personal thing. I just don't know.....
Thursday, March 3, 2011

Don't Eat The Baby

It's that time again. Time for King Cake! I look so forward to this time of year. Being up here in the middle of the country, they really don't celebrate Mardi Gras.
I saw my first King Cake of the year at the grocery store last night. I squeeled with delight, embaressing my daughter.
I was setting it on the counter when something caught my eye. A warning.


Here is what I want to know. Who ate the baby? The plastic baby or the beads? Cuz you know someone had to have done it in order for their to be a warning.

So go out and buy yourself a King Cake. Just be sure to not eat the baby and the beads.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I love old photos. I've been researching my family tree for years now and love it when I can get things like the above photo. One of the girls in the photo is my great grandmother. I love how dressed up they are, but they are barefoot. I guess they spent all the money on the dresses.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lady in Waiting~ Book Review

I'm a huge book lover, especially historical fiction, even better is Tudor history. I got my wish with the book, Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner. It is the story of two Janes. The 9 day Queen, Lady Jane Grey and modern day Jane Lindsay.
Lady Jane Grey's story is told through the eyes of her dress maker and later best friend, Lucy Day. Modern day Jane tells her story.

It begins with Modern day Jane's husband walking out and saying he is not sure if he wants to be married anymore. Later that day, Jane finds a ring inscribed with a verse from Song of Solomon and her name Jane. Instantly Jane feels a connection with the ring.

The story then switches over to Lady Jane Grey's story. Lucy Day becomes the dress maker to a young Jane Grey. Lucy sees first hand how Lady Jane's future seems to be dictated by those around her hungry for their own power and willing to use Lady Jane to get it.


I loved this book. It was easy to follow back and forth between the two Janes. I found myself impatient to read both their stories. Even though we all know how Lady Jane's story ends. It was interesting to read this twist on Lady Jane's little known history.

This book is about taking our own destiny in our hands and not giving up. And realizing that we always have a choice in how our lives turn out. No matter what outside influences there may be.


**Disclaimer** I received this book for free from Walter Brook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review** The above are my own thoughts about the book Lady in Waiting. You can  join and get free books to review by going to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/bloggingforbooks/
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Just Another Harried Day

I found the following short story some years ago. I can't remember the website I found it on. I remember being so touched by it that I copied and pasted it, saving it so I could always go back and read it. The author's name is at the bottom. I wish I had some contact info because I would tell her how much the story touched me.
I hope it touches you too.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

                            I can't wait for summer! 
Monday, February 21, 2011

WINNER WINNER!

Thanks to all of you who entered the $35 Gift Card to CSN Stores. The turnout was more than I expected! Big thanks to everyone who entered, who tweeted and passed along the link to my blog! I can't wait to do this again!

The winner of the $35 Gift Code to CSN Stores is:
KATIE
Thursday, February 17, 2011

CSN Stores GiveAway

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

I'm sure by now you all have heard about CSN Stores. The place that bloggers have been talking about? If not then you are missing out! Not only are they are a great company to work with, they have over 200 stores to chose from. You can pick out some cool home office furniture or treat yourself to a new pair of sandals for this upcoming summer. What more could a girl ask for than a huge place to do all their shopping and not even have to change out of their PJs or put on makeup!

Whatever you pick, you will love it!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a $35 gift code to use in any of the over 200 CSN Stores!

To enter:
1) Visit the above links, come back and tell me what you would buy.
     please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.

For extra entries:

1) follow my blog
2)twitter me: GeekandTheBelle
3)Tweet about this giveaway

Please make sure each one is a separate entry (if you do the extras) and that you leave your email address so I can contact you!

The giveaway ends on Feb 21 at noon CST.

Good luck!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Parenting Fail

We all have them. Those moments of parenting that we would rather not talk about, that we wish had never happened. They make us hang our head in shame and wonder why in the world that nurse handed that innocent baby over to us. After all they didn't even come with an instruction manual. Everything comes with a instruction manual now days. Even a flashlight comes with some kind of instructions. Why can't kids?

Why? Because it's a great big joke the universe is playing on us. Just kidding. I wish kids came with one. Maybe some of mine wouldn't have happened then.

Like the time, both Katie and Mary snuck out of the house with the dog and walked 2 blocks to the park only to be spotted by an officer's wife and she grabbed Mary.....
Monday, February 14, 2011

Regional Dialect Meme/ My First VLOG

video
So I found this meme that I has been going around called the regional dialect meme. I first saw it on this girl's blog: Love Emma Lina

So i thought what a fun thing to do. And it will be my first Vlog! Woo Hoo. I roped my youngest daughter Mary into helping me too.

Enjoy!

Words to pronounce:


Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught



Questions to answer:

* What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

* What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

* What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

* What do you call gym shoes?

* What do you say to address a group of people?

* What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

* What do you call your grandparents?

* What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

* What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

* What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
Sunday, February 13, 2011

Those People You Meet

When you are in the military, you meet all kinds of people. People of different races, religions and backgrounds. Some of those people you get close to and keep a relationship with them long after you have left that duty station. Some you can't wait to get away from. And then there are some you lose touch with and forever wonder if they are okay.

New Layout

I'd been wanting a more professional looking layout for sometime now. I just never could find a way to do it without having to pay someone a ton of money. Even though my husband is in IT he is not a web site designer. Yeah, he has a degree in programming, but he is more at home doing infrastructure, designing servers instead of web pages.

So I found this website  www.mybloggerplugins.com It has a ton of layouts that are pretty easy to use. I'm still working out a few kinks and the social network buttons aren't linked in yet. But hopefully will be soon.

So if you want to add me to your twitter it's: geekandthebelle

Thanks for being patient with me. Hope you like the new look.
Friday, February 11, 2011

Time Marches On

I went dress shopping with my girls last night. Their first semi formal dance is tonight. A Valentine's dance. It is one milestone I never got to do with my own mother. She died  passed away when I was 15. It will be 20 years in October and I still can't say the words she died. She died and my father lost his mind.
Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stuff My Kids Say

They should have had teenagers on that show "Kids Say The Darndest Things." Teenagers can say some of the most insane, unbelieveable and dumbest things EVER! Yes, I said it DUMBEST!

A few nights ago, Katie sent me a text after she had gone to bed. She wanted me to come back there and tuck her in. She may think she is all grown up but she still wants her Momma to tuck her in.

Anyway, she sends me a text and my husband sends her one back.

"What are you doing texting at 2300 hours?"

She responds with "What are you talking about? Its only 11:03?"

My former Army brats have completely forgotten the military time clock

All I hear is my husband rolling with laughter.

She finally remembered what he was trying to tell her. And did the typical teen girl thing of "Ohhhhhhh! That's what you mean!"

My husband has only talked in "military time" since they were born and its the only time he talks in. There is no "I'll be home at 6 pm." No, it's "I'll be home at 1800 hours."

Stay tuned for more gems from my teens. From my youngest telling me she wouldn't smoke pot to what my oldest thinks happens when you have sex. The gems just keep on coming.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

The lions at the KC Zoo. I can't wait for spring! Hurry Spring, HURRY! 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hollywood Redux

Has anyone noticed all the remakes that have been done? From TV shows to movies. Hollywood seems to have run out of new ideas. That or they just don't want to make anything new.
This show/movie made millions for the studio, let's remake it for the new generation! WooHoo!! Or they take something from the UK and try to make it work over here.

They tried to remake Red Dawn but it hasn't been released yet due to MGM going into Chapter 11. It is said it will be released after that is over. I'm not looking forward to it. Something about an invasion just wouldn't work in a non Cold War era.
They've remade Annie, which was the 1982 was the first movie I saw in the theaters. HBO is doing a Mildred Pierce mini series. I really hope Kate Winslet does Joan Crawford justice.
They've remade almost every horror movie over and over again. I read they will be doing more Freddy and Jason movies too. They are even remaking the 1987 classic Monster Squad !

Dallas is getting a remake too. The kids from JR and Bobby will be duking it out over the oil business. And the original Ewing clan will be in it too.

There are some remakes that are really good. True Grit was phenomenal! Bridges nailed it. I'm enjoying Hawaii 5-0.

I just wish Hollywood would look at some books that desperately need to be brought to the big screen or deserve TV shows made about them.

I would love to see Nora Robert's Three Sisters Island Trilogy either made into a TV series. More of LJ Smith's (Vampire Diaries) made into movies or TV series.
I think Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me would make a good movie too. For the history buffs and true story people, Elie Wiesel's Night.

So many books and screenplays deserve to be made, instead we get a 4 movie Twilight. Remakes of Jason, Michael Myers and Freddy over and over. Jaws part 10, etc....

When will Hollywood get original again? Cmon Hollywood, get with it and make something new and original.

What books would you like to see made into a movie or TV series?
Sunday, February 6, 2011

Memory Lane Pt 2

Okay, so I left off with the doctor not being there yet. So let me rewind just a bit.

I got to the hospital still not feeling like I was in labor. They hooked me up and sure enough I am having contractions. Ones that the nurse is sure I should be feeling. They check me and I'm at 6 cm and so much effaced. yada yada....
They go ahead and call the drug guy (the person who can give me the epidural.) And go ahead and break my water.
Boy did that start things up. Then I really started to feel my contractions. Soon after I got my epidural. God that is wonderful. Can I get that when I have cramps every month?

Anyway,I start feeling something 'down there' Like really down there.
I call the nurse in and say, "I think I have to push."

No you don't she said.

Yes I do. I feel something down there.

No you don't.

Yes the hell I do. You better check!

So she checks and the baby is already crowning.

She yells for the doctor and basically I push about 3 times and the nurse and doctor both catch Katie when she comes out.

In all I was in labor for about 6 hours. Katie was born on 6/7 weighing 6 lbs 7 oz. NO JOKE! her birth weight is the same as her birthday.

She'll be 15 this year. It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny little baby. It really does go by in the blink of an eye.
Friday, February 4, 2011

Diggin Out

So the girls are finally back in school. After 4 days out due to the blizzard and the cold temps. THANK GOD! Yesterday they were going at it with each other like rabid dogs. Constantly fighting. Then this morning they were laughing and joking about some inside joke they have.
Go Figure?!
We're supposed to get even more snow this weekend.
I am so ready for SPRING!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

This was last night at 5pm. Gizmo the Corgi had to go outside. We had 10 inches at that time and it was still coming down. He loved it, the Chihuahua not so much. 
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SnowtoriousBIG

The twitter hashmarks include that one, *mwblizzard, blizzardofOZ, mwblizzard and many more. The KCI airport closed about an hour ago, highways have been shut down and the Kansas City mayor has declared a state of emergency and schools are out for another day.
We watched a UPS truck sliding around in front of our house today. The husband stayed home today and might tomorrow too.

Speaking of blizzards, I took part in Household6diva's Blizzard Bloghop last week. This was at the same time Blissdom was being held. Since some many of us were unable to attend, she thought this would be a great idea for us to meet each other. She held giveaways too.
I was very surprised to learn that I won one of the giveaways. I won The Pioneer Women Cooks cookbook given away by the Household6diva herself.
I am so thankful to win it. I had been thinking about buying it for the past week and was so surprised when I found out.
I can't wait to start cooking some of the recipes inside.

Thanks again Household6diva!


I hope everyone is safe and warm while we are in this Blizzard of 2011.
Monday, January 31, 2011

Snowmaggedon

I guess I shouldn't have joked about blizzards and tsnowmias and such. Look at this:
BLIZZARD WARNING!

Yeah and FEMA has already issued warnings and now Gov Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the MO Natl Guard.

I called husband and told him to pick up some firewood on the way home. We haven't used the fireplace at all this year. But since our power lines are above ground I am worried about losing power.

I've made sure the flashlights are working, got my oil lamp ready and filled some water jugs. Hopefully it won't be as bad as predicted, but better safe than sorry.

Stay tuned for some more news.

Funny thing is someone on the live twitter for KMBC brought up that movie, "Day After Tomorrow" Almost funny.... I don't do cold very well... meaning at all..

I'll see you folks tomorrow, unless we lose power. *cross your fingers that we don't**

Memory Lane

I've noticed a trend in the blog world. Most of them: 1) are pregnant 2)have little ones under the age of five or 3) are trying to get pregnant.

I don't fit into any of those categories. My girls are 14 and 12, and moving up in age this summer. We don't have any plans on having more either. No, we are not trying for a boy, and no we don't want another baby. Sometimes I do have a brief moment of wanting another one. I have friends who are pregnant or have just had a baby. I love holding them, picking out little clothes or toys, but that is as far as it goes.
We will be just turning 40 when our youngest graduates high school. We are younger than most of our girls' friends too.

I was reading around alot of the blogs and saw how many share things about their little ones. I decided why not share what it was like for me when I was pregnant or things from when the girls were little. And that is how Memory Lane was started.

This one is about Katie.

I got pregnant with Katie when I was 19. Way back in 1995. So much has changed since then, especially in the OB/GYN world. I was horribly sick with her, I had morning sickness. What a joke, just call it puke your guts up morning, noon and night sickness! They gave me pills that were supposed to help. They didn't. Neither did small meals, ginger ale, or crackers. The only thing I could hold down was Hardee's Peach Cobbler!
That stuff was SO GOOD! Eventually it went away about my 5th or 6th month. Then I just craved everything! Omelets with everything, V8 tomato juice, if I had hated it before I was pregnant, I now craved it!

Speaking of food, when a friend of ours found out she was pregnant and came back from the doctors with a book of things she could not eat. (Just kidding about the book, but it was a long list)
She cut out all salt from her foods, she wouldn't have lunch meat in her house, she wouldn't eat eggs because they could possibly be undercooked, she even cut out sugar and caffeine. I mean none! No sugar, no caffeine.
She was a new mom so I give her a pass. Plus she had bought every baby book at Borders. And we all know how some of those books are. SCARE THE SOON TO BE MOMMY! is what they should be titled.

But I made it, all the way through my pregnancy with Katie, although I thought with the way she was moving around in me that I was going to be like that guy on Aliens and she would burst through my stomach and run away.

I went into labor on June 5 or so I thought. It was just that weird feeling, I wasn't hurting just kept feeling uncomfortable. We went to the hospital, and find out that our doctor may not be able to make it..........

To be continued.



Friday, January 28, 2011

Stuff That My Kids Say

I have 2 teen daughters, well 1 teen and one almost teen. Kate is the oldest at 14 and a half. That half is VERY important. It is halfway closer to getting that golden driver's permit. Sometimes we think she is going to be mature enough to get one. That her brain is not pouring out of her ears with some of the things she does and more importantly says.

I think we may have to wait on the driving permit if this is the way she is thinking.


This is our mantel. I bought this letter B before Christmas. It has been setting on our mantel since before Christmas. I've had people comment it on it. Ask me where I got it. You would think it wouldn't be a big deal. That everyone in the family would have noticed it. Right?
WRONG?
Katie just noticed it last week. We are sitting on the couch when she suddenly looks at the mantel and says:

"Oh, Mom, you got one of those letter thingys."

"Yeah, Kate. Thanks for noticing. We got it before Christmas. You're just now noticing? "

"It's been there the whole time?!"

"Yes. Everyday and twice on Sunday."

"Oh.....(long pause while she is still staring at the big B on the mantel)

I'm thinking the long pause is because she is looking at the pictures next to the B.

Nope. This jem comes out of her mouth.

"That's cool. But what does the B stand for?"

"Are you being serious Kate or are you joking with me?"

"Seriously, Mom. What does it stand for?"

By this time I didn't know if I should start laughing my butt off or start crying.

"Katie, what letter does our last name start with?"

Another  pause. Then the lightbulb went off.

"Ohhhhhh. That's cool." She went back to texting.

"What did you think it meant?"

"I thought maybe it stood for Bible."

"Really Kate, and the Joneses just have a J for Jesus."

"They could if they wanted."


Yes, ladies and gentlemen. This is our future generation.


*wow, looking at the picture. I think I need to clean those mirrors. **

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Welcome!

I'm taking part in Blizzard Bloghop 2011 hosted by household6diva

I'd like to welcome all of you and thanks for stopping by my blog.

My name is Kriste, mom to Katie 13 and Mary, 12. Married to Dennis, former Army guy turned computer geek. I'm originally from Mississippi and my husband is from Indiana. We have 2 dogs and 1 cat. Who are spoiled just as much as the kids.

I'm a shopping, coffee and chocolate addict. Lover of junk TV and music.I'm a college student majoring in History, hoping to someday work in a museum. I have a tendency to cuss too much, sing and dance around the house and in the car. Sometimes I talk to myself too, and answer back.

My kids say I don't cook enough, embarrass them too much, but all their friends love me. :)

If you stick around, you'll find me blogging about something crazy I saw on TV, my adventures in trying to cook more, and the stuff that my kids say.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Blizzard BlogHop 2011



Some of you might know Blissdom is going on right now in Tennessee. So many of us were unable to go.
household6diva had a brillant idea to do a bloghop from Thursday through out the weekend. Giving all of us the chance to meet new bloggers and catch up with the ones we follow.

So head on over to her page, grab a button and post up a quick introduction post. Be sure to go back to her page and sign MrLinky tomorrow so everyone can find you.

Can't wait to meet all of you!

Wordless Wednesday: Sisters, We Do Love Each Other..Sometimes

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Meet Shelley and Cal

I'd like to introduce you to Shelley and Cal. A Eugene, Oregon married music duo. Their first single is "Maybe" A beautiful song that everyone can relate to. You can listen to the song on the video below and get an inside peek at their family.
To learn more: Shelley & Cal
I was honored to host this Q&A with Shelley and Cal on my blog.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Dear MTV

I'm breaking up with you.

We've had our good times. You introduced me to music videos. AHA's Take On Me was my first. Other ones quickly followed: Men At Work, Peter Gabriel, Wham!, the list goes on and on. You were always had the best music!
Not to mention the music themed shows! Yo MTV Raps!, Headbangers Ball. I got most of my news from MTV News with Kurt Loder.
But MTV, you've changed! Too much. And I don't know who you are anymore.

I don't like the new you. It all started with Real World and Road Rules. Then came Singled Out. All of these were okay, as long as you kept playing the videos. As long as the M still meant Music. But it wasn't enough for you. You decided that wasn't enough.
You got 16 and Pregnant, then Teen Mom 1 & 2. You stopped hanging with you friends named Music. And started hanging out with those kids from The Hills.
But that is not the real reason I am done with you. It's that new show Skins.

A show that your own advertisers are fleeing from in droves. Taco Bell, General Motors and HR Block are all ashamed to be on air with the show. Do you blame them? It's the parents, who buy your advertisers products.The cast of Skins are mainly underage kids. Kids that will be shown engaging in sex and illegal drug use. You, MTV, have even said you are concerned that it might be considered child porn.
Shouldn't you have done something about that BEFORE you put the show on air.

No, I don't have to watch it if I don't like it. I won't be watching it. MTV will be blocked from all TVs in my house and because my husband is an awesome computer guy, the website will also be blocked.

It was nice knowing you MTV. Back when the M stood for Music. When I knew I could put it on your channel and see a music video instead of Snookie hooking up with a random guy or Amber punching Gary.

Maybe someday you will come back to your roots. Until then consider yourself BLOCKED!

Rock On,

The Belle



***I know alot of people use the "if you don't like it, don't watch it" theme, or that it comes on late enough that most kids should be in bed. It comes on at 9 pm in my time zone.Both of my kids are usually still awake. And a show about kids their age is always a draw.
MTV has become the creepy guy in the dirty white van handing out candy that we warn our kids about. Personally I talk to my kids about sex, about drugs. It is hard enough without someone or MTV glamorizing it. I don't know what is sadder. The fact that a show like this is even on or that MTV insists that it meets society standards. What a sad society we must live in then.
Just because MTV throws a little PSA on before and after does nothing to negate the content.
You are welcome to watch it, to let your kids watch. But as far as me and my house, we will not be watching.




Sunday, January 23, 2011

MyBlogSpark Review

I recently took part in a spark by http://www.myblogspark.com/  and Lawry's. I was sent 4 seasoning packets and a Pyrex marinating dish.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm Baffled

I'm constantly baffled by certain things.
  1. How in the world did Snookie get a book deal? Her book is ranked #24 on the New York Times best sellers list.
    Seriously?! It took Stephen King numerous rejections before Carrie got published. Snookie gets drunk, sleeps with upteen number of guys and passes out in a trash can, and her book is a best seller.
    Somethings just should not be!
  2. Charlie Sheen has not been fired from 2 and Half Men. Please someone check this guy into rehab STAT! I think he is a great actor. He has awesome comedic timing. A brilliant dramatic actor. I must have watched Platoon a million times and cried every time Elias is killed. But how many more times are we going to hear of him getting drunk and sleeping with hookers and trashing hotel rooms. 
  3. Some schools are just now getting rid of french fries. Our kids are overweight and we are just now thinking that maybe making school lunches healthier might help? HELLO?
  4. Teen Mom 2 & MTV- I don't think I need to elaborate on that one.
  5. The whole Twilight phenom. Seriously it scares me. Badly.


    Is there anything that just baffles you? Things that make you go Really?  Share with me. :)
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Where I Tell You I Burned The House Down

Just kidding. I didn't burn anything.


Yesterday I wrote about how I wanted to cook more. I'm not sure if I like to cook. I'm kind of bipolar when it comes to it. Some days I am gung ho about it. Other days I can't stand the thought of cooking.


Somehow I have gotten it in my head that if I just start cooking eventually I will learn to love it. We shall see.


My first dish I have attempted to cook. Or is it bake?


It is.... drum roll please.........................
Pioneer Woman's Cherry Cake Pudding





                                 I gathered all my ingredients.





And then I enlisted my daughters to act as photographers and cooking assistants. Oldest got to butter the  baking dish.















Then we combined the sugar, butter, flour, and other things to make the cake part.
Then we poured it in our buttered baking dish.

Then while it was baking to yummy perfection. We made the sauce from our cherry juice, sugar, vanilla and butter.
It took my cake a little longer than 40 minutes to not be "jiggly" like PW says. Mine cooked for 50 minutes, my oven is wonky like that. At last it was done and just waiting for me to pour that cherry juice goodness all over it.

I can tell you it smelled SOOOO good. Both daughters gathered around. Looking at the cake, at me pouring the syrup over it and licking their lips. Even my husband came over to ask what I had baked.
I had to take the first bite. YUM! I forgot to make my whipped cream for it. So I just used some cool whip I had in the fridge. Still really good. Oldest took the next bite, and then the youngest. Mary took her bite and then ran away with the plate.
It is so very very good. Really sweet though according to my husband. He's not a big fan of overly sweet things, but he still liked it. I'm not a big pecan fan, but they were chopped finely so I don't get big chunks of them. I can hear my oldest, Katie, telling one of her friends that I cooked this yummy cake thing. So I guess I did okay.

Oh, for those of you who don't have Kitchen Aid mixers or things like that. I just used my regular mixer. I also couldn't find my sifter so I just used one of those smaller ones you can use to shake powder sugar over things. It worked fine to sift my flour and stuff. The most expensive part of the recipe is the cherries. Mine were just over $3 a can. But you only need 1 so it's not that bad.

I think this will be one of our favorite recipes to make. I'll have to make it for a family get together.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hey Good Lookin, Whatcha Got Cookin'

Rachael Ray's Book of 10: More Than 300 Recipes to Cook Every Day
I think I like to cook. I say think because I like the idea of cooking, of combining ingredients together to create something delicious. Something my family and friends will taste and do the groan and have their eyes roll back. To hear that moan of food ecstasy. Proof that I have made something good.

I never learned to cook. My mom wouldn't let me. Don't ask. I have no clue why she never taught me. But while she was working. I would sneak into the kitchen pull down one of her many cookbooks and find a recipe.

The first recipe I ever tried and made entirely by myself was egg custard. I knew it was one of my dad's favorite desserts and we had all the ingredients for it.
I think it was a success. Everyone ate it. Or maybe they were just humoring me.

The next thing I made was lemon squares. Now these I KNOW were loved. My brother at half the pan. I still have the recipe too. Trust me they are sooooo good! Yummy lemony sugary goodness!

But all my cooking fun ended. My mom was afraid I would burn either myself or the house down, so she started having my grandmother call whenever I so much as looked at the oven/stove sideways. She was VERY protective. Over protective, but that is another story for another day.

Lately I have been thinking about cooking more. Not just opening up that can of soup or tossing something in the oven, but actually doing the whole cooking thing. Like my mom used to do.

My goal for this year is to cook some more. I checked out a Rachael Ray cookbook yesterday. And I got the ingredients to make one of Pioneer Women's desserts. It's the Cherry Cake Pudding one if anyone cares to know.

In my mind this is going to go splendidly. Or at least my fingers are crossed and I hope it will.

Stay tuned for tomorrow. Either I will be posting pictures of how great the dessert came out. Or telling you that I have burned my house down.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Get Yer Bread & Milk Or Ye Shall Die!

We have yet another snow storm headed towards Kansas/Missouri. While watching the forecast last night I kept yelling at the TV, telling the weatherman to shut his "Dirty hooker mouth" about all that snow. I do not want another snow day. I do not want to do another week with a snow and ice covered driveway.

No, no NO!

It's the White Death. Snowmageddeon 2011, Snow apocalypse!

My husband was not amused when I started saying that.

"Jeez, calm down! It's just a little snow."

"But what if we get a blizzard.. Just like they did on Little House On The Prairie. You remember the episode where Miss Beadle sends all the kids home and they get trapped in a blizzard? And Mr Edwards and Charles all go out to save the kids that didn't make it home. And they gave them whiskey that Mr Edwards had because Mr Edwards was the only one who had whiskey in Walnut Grove. So since he saved the kids from freezing they were really nice to him even though he had the evil whiskey in their town."

Cue blank stare from my husband. "Have you gone mental?"

"You don't remember that one?"

"No, I was doing something called..."

"Oh yes... you were working in the salt mines. You poor deprived child who never got to see Little House or Dukes of Hazard since you had to work for pennies all day. Never mind that the show came on when we were like FIVE!"

"Then I was actually outside."

"Whatever? But what if we do get snowed in? What will we do without our milk and bread?"

"Then I'll make some snowshoes out of the Christmas tree that is still on the porch and track my way to the nearest store."

"My Hero."

"Show me your gratitude later." He grinned.

Men.... it could be the end of the world like in that movie with Jake whats his name and Dennis Quaid and all they can  think about is sex... Go Figure!


Monday, January 17, 2011

What I Did This Weekend.


We, meaning me and the girls, took the fur son to the toy store, otherwise known as PetSmart. Oscar our Chihuahua mix needed to have his nails trimmed and I wanted to see how well he would behave. Surprisingly he was well behaved. Usually he barks at anything and everyone. We once had one of the Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackles as a neighbor. Oscar's favorite thing was to bark and growl at him anytime the guy walked out of his house. This guy is 6'2 and over 300 pounds, yet my 10 pound dog thought he was Billy Bad Ass and would surely bring the guy down to his knees. He barked ever more when the guy would laugh at him. Oscar must have been a Great Dane in a previous life. If dogs have previous lives. Do they?




Oscar getting his pedicure


So many toys to chose from!


I want this one! Please Mom!



Gonna get me some fries at Sonic!

PetSmart is like a toy store for dogs. I swear there must have been at least 20 dogs in the store when we were there. Oscar and another dog started barking at each other from across the store. He did try and growl at this big Lab mix. What is it about little dogs and the Napoleon complex? It was fun though. I think we should have named him Pinocchio. He seems to think he is a real boy and not just a spoiled rotten dog.

What Do Birds Have To Do With Babies?

Or other things that come out of my 12 year old daughter's mouth.

I'm busy parking at the grocery store. Scored a spot right up front, down from the handicap spots and next to the pregnant/new mom spots that are popping up everywhere now. 
Tell me where those spots were when I was pregnant. Tell me?! I had to park where ever I could find a place. I didn't get those up close spots. Lucky mommies!
Anyway, I had just pulled in when Mary asks what birds have to do with babies? She had just seen the above sign next to our parking spot. Well it wasn't just like it... the one here is red with an outline of a stork with a bundle in its mouth.
I thought of going and taking a picture, but thought people might give me a funny look. Just like when I had Mary take a photo of the eaten chicken leg in the soap section at Wal-Mart. (true story)

Back to the story at hand.....

"Well, it's a stork actually." I began to explain.

"Again, Mom, what does a stork have to do with babies?" She texting while asking me this and walking across the street. Everytime she does this I am terrified she is going to walk into traffic or into the side of a building.

"Instead of telling kids where babies actually came from people would just say the stork was bringing the baby." I have no clue what the story is about the stork and babies.

"Wouldn't thinking a bird with a huge beak be more terrifying than hearing mom and dad had sex?"

I honestly had no idea what to say after that.

I told my husband this story tonight and asked him if we had done the right thing by not sheltering the girls from anything and everything. My mom never talked about sex with me. I only knew the basics of how my body worked. Sex just wasn't considered proper talk in Southern homes. I think honestly my mom hated sex with the fires of a thousand suns.
I decided when I had kids I would be open and honest with them about sex. I wanted them to feel comfortable coming to me and us having a talk. And they do. We laugh and joke about sex. It isn't something we want to be hidden or to be considered dirty or something to be ashamed of.

I guess that is why Mary had no clue that some people use/believe a big bird brings a baby. I still don't know why the stork got mixed in with having babies though? Do you?
Friday, January 14, 2011

Why I Hate Shopping At Wal-Mart (otherwise known Trash-Mart)

It is no secret that I hate, no LOATHE going to the Wal-Mart here. It has to be one of the worst Wal-Marts I have ever been in. And I've visited alot of them. From small town, non-super ones, to the short lived Hyper-Mart.

It is our Wal-Mart here in Kansas City that takes the cake. The only thing I go there for is the vision center and the photo center. That is it! If I have to do a big trip, I hit up a Super Target.

But after having the girls home for 5 days after the snow closed the school for 3 days, we were running low on everything from dog food to milk. Since the roads were still like an ice skating rink, there was no way I was going to attempt to drive it and wind up in a ditch somewhere.
I had to get the Husband to drive me.......

Let me just say this, my husband has been wonderful about taking me places when we have bad weather or when my emphysema is really bothering me.

But he does NOT like running from store to store and he was not going to drive to the Super Target in the next town. So Wal-Mart it was. We thought if we just did a small run of the things that were most necessary we could get in there and back out unscathed......
HA!

While he parked the truck, I went to use the bathroom. I can hear of you now.

Wal-Mart Bathrooms=GROSS

But I had to go....BAD! I mean like a kindergardener crossing their leggs bad.

I cover the toliet with half a roll of paper, hover and then hear from the stall next to me.....

"I don't know what's wrong? I've had this bad diaherra for 3 days now."

Cue  me giving a look to the stall next to me. Someone is on the phone in the toilet and going to the bathroom." BLECH!

She continues on, "Yeah, I'm in the bathroom right now. I can't hold anything in. I've drank a whole bottle of Pepto and it still won't stop."

OMG! Really!

I think I did the fastest pee in the history of peeing. Then scrubbed my hands when I washed them, and dumped my whole bottle of hand sanitizer on them too.

We hadn't even gotten a cart yet and it was already beginning.

We raced through getting dog food, those girly things, and were making our way back to Electronics when we heard someone yelling.

We thought it was some customer yelling at their kid, spouse, boyfriend, whoever... right?

No. This was a Wal-Mart employee yelling, no SCREAMING at/for another employee. She was at one end of Electronics and from what we can assume, he was in the photo department.

This is what we hear, along with the rest of the store that has stopped to stare.

JOHN! JOHN! JOHN! WHERE ARE YOU, JOHN?- from female employee.

A red faced John appears around the corner.

Female employee, still screaming- I'VE BEEN CALLING FOR YOU FOR 10 FREAKING MINUTES. JESUS CHRIST!

Then she literally throws the phone at him.

"Let's hurry up and get out of here before she throws something at all of us too." My husband said.

On the way to the grocery side, we almost get run over by an employee pushing a dolly full of boxes. No apology, they just kept on going.

In another aisle, I can't get to the food I need because the shelf is being stocked and the employee will done in a minute. 5 minutes later, I'm still waiting.

Never mind, I'll just go to the grocery store to get that I say to the employee.

Okay was the reply.

Finally, we are done, except standing in line. I stand in line while my husband gets the truck and waits out front for me.

As I'm standing there looking at all the tabloids and trying to decide which one to buy. Do I want Poor Kendra and her divorce or Valerie Bertinelli's wedding.
I'm going for Kendra when I overhear the lady behind me on her phone. At first I think she is talking to me since she is wearing one of those little bluetooth devices.

"What else cures diaherra?"

I jump. It's the diaherra lady. I look down. Different shoes. This lady has on those UGG boots.

Another diaherra person?!

I was about to tell her buttermilk. It was what my mom made me drink when I got it, nasty but it took care of business.
Thank goodness I noticed the little blue light blinking in her ear. I went back to studying the other tabloids.

"It started a few days ago. I've still been going to work though"

I'll save you the details of the rest of the conversation. She went into great detail about her diaherra.

People if you don't want others hearing your conversations, don't talk LOUD, or come up with a secret word. In this house we call diaherra, The Skittles.

Finally, it is my turn to check out. I've lined up all my stuff. Cleaning supplies up front, cold stuff all together, bread and chips. So I won't find lysol in with my apples.

Checking out can be an experience in its self. Either you get the checker who ignores you completely. Or you get the one who has to make a comment about every single one of your purchases.

I got the one who liked to comment on my purchases and fondle them as well.

She asked about all of my purchases. Told me I could get my lysol cheaper at Dollar General. Where did I find the apples that come in the Toy Store bag.
One of the sandwiches I bought looked like it didn't have much meat. The list goes on and on.

I was glad when I got my total, could swipe my card and leave diaherra lady behind.

Do you have a Wal-Mart horror story? Feel free to share it on your blog or tell me about it in the comments.

Today is Delurking Day 2011. I love comments. And I appreciate all of you who take the time to read my blog.
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**I know not all Wal-Marts are this bad. There are some that I like. Just not this one.**


                           


Monday, January 10, 2011

2010 In Review

Who's glad that 2010 is finally over with raise your hand! 2010 had to be one of the hardest years for us. D lost his job the beginning of the summer. We thought we were gonna have to move to Mississippi, live with my dad, and him take whatever job he could find.
Then he got the BIG JOB right before fall started and things have slowly started to get better.
We moved to the house across the street, losing the crazy landlord. Much better house, with a fridge that does not have handles that are duct taped on. Plus much more room.

Our dog, Gizmo the Corgi, got a double hernia at Christmas and we thought we were going to lose him. Every vet we talked to wanted over 2500 just to do one hernia. Finally we found Angel's Vet Express A low cost non profit vet in Savannah, MO. I HIGHLY recommend them. They are well worth the drive.
The vet called almost every day to check on Gizmo. Wonderful people, all of them!

I'm not sure what 2011 has to offer us. So far it has been alot better than last year. Let's hope it stays that way.